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QUARTER SESSIONS.

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QUARTER SESSIONS. The Michaelmas Quarter Ses-iions for the county of Cardigan were opened at the County Session House, Aberaeron, on Tuesday, when the chair was occupied by Mr Charles Marshall Griffith, Q.C. There were also present the Rev Rhys Jones Lloyd, Troedvraur; Capt Jordan, Pigeonsford; Mr Lewis Pugh Pugh, Abermade; Mr Morris Davies, Ffos- rhydgaled; MrVaughan Davies, Tanybwlch; Mr W. Jones, Llwynygroes; Hon. G. P. Evans, Loves- grove; Capt Longcroft. Llanina; Colonel Lloyd- Philipps, Mabws; Capt Vaughan, Brynog; Mr C. H. Longcroft, Llanina; Colonel Lewis, Llanlear; Mr Albun Gwyune, Monachty; Mr T. H. R: Winwood, Tyglyn Aeron; and Capt Howell Neuadd Trefawr. j THE COUNTY SESSIONS HOUSK.* The Chairman said the first matter on the agenda paper was "an application will be made for a sum not exceeding < £ 80, to be applied in repairing the County Session House, at Aberayron, in accordance with the report of the County Surveyor. This, he recollected, came on at the April sessions, very late in the day, when there were only two or three magistrates present, and it was conseauently adjourned. It was brought forward on the report of the surveyor, who estimated the cost of the repairs at the sum of £85. It was required for doing repairs to the hall, both internally and ex- ternally. The subject came on, he believed, I1-t the last court, and was further adjourned. He believed it would, perhaps, be a good plan to let it stand over again until the next session, when the work could be commenced. Cipi Jordan a->ked if there was anything that could not stand over. Mr Lewis P l'ug!t thought as the expenditure for the present year Was already very heavy, the outside work only should be gone on with. Mr Szlumper said there was a slight leakage in the roof over the clock. The Chairman suggested that they leave the work to be done to tb^ surveyor, to do only that which was rtiilly necessary, and leave the rest until after the Easter sessions. This suggest ion W:H adopted THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT. The Chairman said the next notice on the agenda was the considtrtilion of the Weights and Measures Act, 1878, the app liucment of inspectors thereunder, and their remuneration for ths duties to be per- formed hy them. The court would also fix the fees to be taken lor veryfying and .stamping weights and measures. This notice did not stand in the name of any member, and he should only briefly ixqjire their attention. Unler the Weights and Measures Act, 1878. Every local authority should from time to tune appoint a sufficient number of inspectors of weights and measures and where more than one inspector is appointed, they should allot to each inspector (-ubject to any arrangement made for « chief inspector or inspectors), a s 'p:irat' district,to b distinguished by some tiame, number,or mark, and s! 1 fi 11 assign reasonable remuneration to eaeb inspector for his duties. In this case the court, of quarter sessions was the local authority, and ihey were to appoint inspectors, to fix their salaries and the fees to be taken for adjusting weights and measures as required. The inspectors were required to enter into a bond for the (In per- formance of their duties and the due deliverance of the tees received. Capt. Jordan a*ked if it was compulsory on the court to appoint the inspectors. The Chairman said it was, The fees to be Mx 'd were not to exceed the limit stated in lhe tilth schedule of the act. He had been informed by the chief constable that the two superintendents nf police had been in the habit of receiving the a ljlist- ing fees as remuneration hitherto. It was thought that these fees were inadequate, and he moreover believed that such a mode of payment was illegal. The Chief Constable said the fees were fixed as far back as Hi) years ago. He believed the superinted ants of police would be willing to act in that cap- acity again, hut he thought the remuneration should not be less than ;(25 per annum each. Capt Jordan proposed that the superintendents of police shuu!d be inspectors under the new act, and that the remuneration should he £ 25 per year; that they receive the fees for stamping and adjust- ing, and hand the same over to the county treasurer Mr C. K. Ljngerjfc seconded.—Carried. Subsequently the Chief Constable submitted to the court a statement: of times and places for stamp- ing and adjusting weights and measures, which was agreed to. THE APPROACH TO LLYNILAR BIUDUK. The Chairman said the next notice was to receive the report of the committee appointed to enquire as to whether the road runniug parallell with the river at Llanilar Bridge formed one of the approaches to the said bridge. He theo read the following report, to which the names of M Vaughan Davies and Mr Hugh S. IliChardes were appenderl: We. the undersigned, being two of the magistrates constituting the Llanilar Bench, having at a meeting hold a!- fhailar, on the fifth day of September last, enquired into the question as ta whether the road ruuning parallel with the river at Lianilar Bridge, and leading from Llanilar to the village of Llangwyryfon, formed one of the approaches to the said bridge, beg to report that we have been satisfied the road does form one of the approaches to the said bridge, and we further report that the said road is uusife for travelling upon, not having auy fence or protection whatever between it and the river adjoining, which lies about nine feet below the surface of the road. Mr Vaughan Davies added that there was no doubt that the road leading by the river side was a public road, and must be put in repair by someone for the safety of the public, and he thought it should be done bv the county. Mr Szlumper said he estimated the cost of the repairs at JE45. What was proposed to be done was to build a wall at such a height from the river as would prevent people from falling into the river on a dark night. The Chairman said the surveyor had reported upon the condition of the road, and the question arose as to whether the road was a public one, and in the surveyor's jurisdiction. The matter was thereupon referred to the Llanilar bench, and they had presented the foregoing report. Mr J. W. Szlumper said this was really a new work suggested for the safety of the public. The Chairman said if they made a road over which they invited the public to travel they must make it safe. Colonel Lewis asked who would be responsible if if an accident should happen to anyone through the unsafe condition of tha road. The Chairman said he was of opinion that the county would. Mr Vaughan Davies said he had seen a book kept by Mr Parry, Llidiarde, over fifty years ago, and had spoken to several men eighty years of age, and he considered that the road was public. Mr Lewis Pugh Pugh said there did not to his mind arise any dispute about the road being public. He thought it would be best, it anything was to be done to the road, to widen it, as there was only room for one cart to pass along at a time. Mr Szlumper said there was no doubt that one way of improving the roid was by taking in a part of the adjoining field to widen the road. Mr Vaughan Davies said the field was private property. Mr Szlumper said the danger of the road was owing to its extreme narrowness. Capt. Vaughan said to bring the matter to a'close he would propose that the reportjbe acted upon, and he did not think the court would do better than leave the matter in the haada of the county sur- The Chairman suggested that the resolation be altered to "that the surveyor be instructed to carry out the work under the supervision of the justices of the Llanilar district." Capt. Vaughan said he agreed to this alteration. Colonel Lewis seconded-earried. THE YSPYTTY, YSTEAD MEURIG, AND LLEDROD GRAMMAR SCHOOLS. MAP The chairman said the next notice on the agenda read as follows: "The justices will appoint two persons to be representative governors for carrying, out the scheme for the administration of Yspytty Yetrad Meurig, an<* L'edrod grammar schools. He had received a copy of the scheme of the Charity Commissioners, which was a scheme for the future management of the Ystrad Meurig, Yapytty, and Lledrod schools. He would state shortly what the object of the arrangement was. The commissioners proposed to have a certain number of governors, representative and co-operative. The representative governors were to be nine in number, of which one would be appointed by the Lord Lieu- tenant of the County, one by the Bishop of St. Davids, two by by the incumbents of the parishes in which the schools were, two by Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace, one by the principal and pro- fessors of Jesus College, Oxford, one by the Ystrad Meurig and Lledrod school board, and one by the principal and professors of St. Davids College, Lampeter. They had simply to nominate two of these governors, and it rested entirely with the magistrates to say who they should be. He might be allowed to say before he concluded, that this was a most important matter indeed, because the Charity Commissioners were determined, if possible, to improve the endowed schools in Wales. lie had been told that there were now available funds of over < £ :}00 per year, and they should select as governors persons who would take an interest in the schools. He had also been told that Colonel Philipps had take an interest in tho schools, and was the only existing governor. Mr Vaughan Davies said be did not think the court could do better than appoint ag governors the oca niugnates—Lord Lisburne and Colonel Lloyd Pbilipps, who had been governors for years should be re-appointed, which he would propose. Capt. Vaughan seconded-carried. PROPOSED ALTERATIQN OF BUSIXESS HOURS. The Chairman said: The next notice on the agenda is 1, To call attention to the inconvenience of the present airangement of business, and to move that in future the County business be taken at half past eleven o'clock on the fir-t day of the quarter sess- ions." This notice stands in my name, and in bring, ing it forward I only make a suggestion, and shall he happy to hear recommendations from any other suggestion. It is not the first time the same thing has been suggested, but at that time the finance ei>m:nitee had a deal of work to do and the hour fixed was for their convenience, but now that the gaol had been closed, their work will not so heavy and a good chance arises to alter the hour of meeting. Under the present arrangements it is difficult to get the magistrates to remain until the close of the business, especially on these short days. Thr change of hours would give the court a chance of going fully into all questions brought before them. Mr Lewis Pugh Pugh said he should be happy to propose the resolution. He had always thought it would be best that the finance committee should meet a day or two before the quarter sessions, and go fully into the bill.; and present a report to the court. He would therefore propose that the county b'tisness be taken to a: 11.30. a.m., on the first day of quarter sessions, and would suggest that the finance committee meet at Aberyswyth on the prev- ious Saturday, at eleven o'clock. He might say he believed all of them would be pretty well agreed that Aberystwyth would be the best place to hold the finance committee's meetings, as the books were there the cl.rk was there, and the chief constable was there. Colonel Philipps seconded, and said he thought Aberystwyth would be a most convenient place to hold the meetings. Capt. Vaughan said the only objection he had to the propo-al was the part concerning Aberystwyth. Aheruerou had hitherto been considered the most convenient place ut which to transact the county business, and he was of opinion that it would also be the most convenient place for the finance committee to meet. If the meetings were held at Aberystwyth it would exclude the magistrates at the lower end of the county. He would propose that the finance committee tDeet at Aberayron, at eleven o'clock, and that the court open at twelve o'clock. Colonel Evans seconded. Mr L. P. Pugh said be wished to say a few words on the amendment, which he hoped the court would not adopt. The work of the finance committee was about the most important business of the sessions, and they had entreated to meet on another day. Colonel Philipps, the chairman of the committee, agreed with him that the work of the committee could not not be transacted in an hour. With reference to meeting at Aberystwyth he was perfectly williag that the committee should meet at auy place in the county, so that sufficient time was given them to do the work, but if they devoted only one hour to the finance they were studying their own convenience and sacrificing the interests of the county at large- Capt Vaughan: No, no. Mr Pugh, continuing, said he had put it thus strongly becnuse he thought the members of the finance comrnitte3 were the most able to judge as to what was best. He hoped the finance com- mittee would meet in this county, as in others, on a different day to the court of quarter sessions. Colonel Lloyd-Philipps said at the present time the finance committee never had time to go through the f reaxurer's accounts, which they were obliged to leave for the consideration of the court. It was very necessary that the finance committee should go through these accounts. He had been chairman of the committee fcr some time, and he saw the impossibility of doing the work in one hour. In the adjoining county of Pembroke the committee met on the previous Friday, Capt Vaugban said he was not on the finance committee, hut the chairman had informed him that the difficulty was not in doing the work in the time, but in getting magistrates to attend. If the magistrates would only put in an appearance at the proper time the three days that were occupied in. the business might be done in one. The Chairman then put the amendment and the proposition when seven voted for each. He (the chairman) said he should give his casting vote in favour of the amendment, but after a short can- versation, said he believed he had power as chair- man not to vote on either side. Mr Pugh had told him that he should not have moved the resolution at all only that he thought he (the chairman) was in favour of it. On that ground he should not vote at all for the amendment or the resolution, both of which would, therefore, fall to the ground. Mr Pugh subsequently withdrew his proposition. THE JOINT COUNTIES LUNATIC ASYLUM. The Chairman said it would now be competent to take the Lunatic Asylum matter, on which he had a. deal of correspondence, connected with an applica- tion made at the last quarter sessions for the pay- ment by the county of Cardigan of their quota for th* new buildings at the asylum. The following letter had been received by the clerk of the peace, from Mr Morgan Griffiths, clerk to the asylum committee, under date. September 3rd, 1879,— "Dear Sir—You have had the same opportunity as the other counties to raise the requisite sum for new buildings. They have complied with the request of the committee, and your county has Bot. I must now, as the contractors are pressing, urge upon you the absolute necessity or your borrowing the requisite amount. It is hardly fair that you should give us all this extra trouble. In the other counties they have borrowed temporarily from other sources than the Public Works Loan Commissioners. The committee have already overdrawn their account at the bauk, by re&son of your default, and interest will be charged against your county after the same rate as the committee will be obliged to pay. I enclose you a further letter received to-day from the architects, and you must send me your propor- tion of this X 7,000 as soon as possible." He asked if there was anything done at the last court with reference to obtaining the money. Mr Roberts said there was nothing done with regard to an order. The Chairman said he had received a letter from ^11 HuShes. "ating that Mr Griffiths had called upon him with reference to the payment of the proportion due from Cardiganshire to the Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum, and that it bad been, suggested a loan should be obtained from the Public Works Loan Commissioners. Mr Lewis Pugh snid the proportion due from Cardiganshire was £ 2,796 Ss 5d. The Chairman said he was under the impression, that a resolution had been passed that the amount should be borrowed from the Public Worfis Loaa Commissioners, to whom a letter was written, but there seemed some difficulty about obtain ing the money. Mr F. R. Roberts said they had not por-eer to grant the money, because application was not ma de before Christmas last. The Chairman then read a letter frowi the PubliO Works Loan Commissioners, stating t>.at the *PP^' cation could not be entertained, as it was not before the 24th December. He himardf had recf*Te„. a letter from Mr Griffiths, dated O/etober 10t^' aa follows — Dear Sir, — I enclose ingg) copy of the cost of our nu„ty has showing the proportion y°ttlL to pay. The buildings are up ta and the other Counties hate p*1*